From Feb. 6 to 13, Anglican Video’s senior producer, Lisa Barry, visited the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. Barry kept a diary in which she shared not only the events of the day but insights gained from meeting the “living stones,” the people of the Holy Land who live their faith on the ground, where it matters most. Read Lisa’s diary

Peace and Justice issues in the Middle East

Christian Zionism

When Prime Minister Stephen Harper made an official visit to Israel this past January, media and other observers noted that his entourage included a strong representation of rabbis and conservative evangelical Christians whose churches espouse strongly pro-Israel views.

Kids4Peace: Crossing the cultural divide

At least one good thing came out of the terrible violence of the Second Intifada, the uprising against Israeli occupation sparked the founding of Kids4Peace, an international program that unites Muslim, Jewish and Christian youth in study and play.

‘Silent emergency’

The picture painted by Margot Ellis, deputy commissioner of the United Nations (UN) Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), at the mid-March launch of an inter-agency humanitarian appeal for Gaza and the West Bank, is startlingly desperate.


Timeline of the Middle East conflict

The land between the Jordan River and the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, which both Palestinians and Israelis claim, has been settled, resettled, conquered and reconquered throughout history, as far back as biblical times.

Jerusalem Video Diaries

Tour of Penman Clinic

The Penman Clinic in Zababdeh serves about 4,000 people - two-thirds of them are Christian, the rest are Muslim. It is the only clinic...

Dr. Walid Kerry, St. Luke’s Hospital, Nablus

A tour of St. Luke's Hospital, a charity hospital run by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem in Nablus, West Bank. Dr. Walid Kerry, director...

RESOURCES: Videos & Documentaries

Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People

Until you watch this documentary film, you won't realize how much the biggest Hollywood films may have influenced the way you view Arabs, oftentimes in oh-so-subtle ways.

Amreeka

An independent film about a Palestinian Christian single mother from the West Bank, who moves with her teenage son from a small town to Chicago.

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RESOURCES: Book List

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Click here for a sampling of on-line resources that document Christian responses to the conflict in the Middle East.

List of articles

The baptism site at Qasr-al-Yahud, on the West Bank of the River Jordan, photographed from the baptism site at Al-Maghtas, on the Jordanian side. The site was re-opened in 2011 but access to the nearby churches remained out of bounds because of the existence of around 4,000 mines. Photo: Wikimedia / High Contrast

Delight at de-mining operation at site of Jesus’ Baptism

The Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, has spoken of his "delight" at news that a mine clearance charity has secured permission to de-mine the area around the West Bank of the River Jordan on the approach to the traditional site of Jesus' baptism.
The advisory council for the Canadian Companions of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem: (L to R) the Rev. Richard LeSueur, the Rev. Patricia Kirkpatrick, Deborah Neal, General Synod global relations director Andrea Mann, Archbishop Fred Hiltz and the Rev. Robert Assaly Photo: Leigh Anne Williams

Strengthening ties with the Holy Land

As the Anglican Church of Canada prepares to observe its second annual Jerusalem Sunday, as a day set aside to learn about and build support for the ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fred Hiltz and global relations director Andrea Mann are preparing for a journey to Israel, Palestine and Jordan.
Anglican Church of Canada Global Relations Director Andrea Mann talks about how Jerusalem Sunday is helping build a a closer relationship between the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and Canadian Anglicans. Photo: André Forget.

First Jerusalem Sunday ‘significant’

Andrea Mann, global relations director at the Anglican Church of Canada, took some time during her presentation to Council of General Synod (CoGS) Nov. 15 to talk about how Jerusalem Sunday has furthered the Canadian church's commitment to building a strong relationship with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.

Criticism of Christian Zionism is not an attack on the country of Israel, explains Gary Burge, a professor of New Testament studies at Wheaton College. Photo: Neale Adams

Vancouver event tackles Christian Zionism

Christian Zionism is a theologically-based belief about how the world will end that would likely be dismissed as a strange doctrine few Anglicans would be concerned about-if it didn't affect Canadian and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.
There is a noticeable spike in anti-Semitic acts each time there's a conflict in the Middle East, says a Montreal-based Jewish advocacy organization. Photo: Giovanni Dall' Orto/Wikimedia Commons

The rising tide of anti-Semitism

Berlin: "Jews to the gas!"
Paris: "Death to the Jews!"
Milan: "Nuremberg trial for Israel!'
Montreal: "The Diaspora is scattered around the world where they take economic control, provoke the hatred of local nations...They make Washington, Paris and Ottawa submit."

Journey to Jerusalem online resources

A sampling of online resources that document Christian responses to the conflict in the Middle East:

Vila Sherkessi, the headquarters of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem. Photo: Deror avi Wikimedia Commons

Christian Zionism

When Prime Minister Stephen Harper made an official visit to Israel this past January, media and other observers noted that his entourage included a strong representation of rabbis and conservative evangelical Christians whose churches espouse strongly pro-Israel views.
Peace in the Holy Land lies in the hands of the young. Photo: Kids4Peace Jerusalem

Kids4Peace: Crossing the cultural divide

At least one good thing came out of the terrible violence of the Second Intifada, the uprising against Israeli occupation sparked the founding of Kids4Peace, an international program that unites Muslim, Jewish and Christian youth in study and play.
While international attention has been focused on Syria, the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the West Bank have become "a silent emergency," said the deputy commissioner for the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees. Photo: Anglican Video

‘Silent emergency’

The picture painted by Margot Ellis, deputy commissioner of the United Nations (UN) Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), at the mid-March launch of an inter-agency humanitarian appeal for Gaza and the West Bank, is startlingly desperate.


Unlike a tour, a pilgrimage immerses participants in a sacred geography. Photo: Richard Le Sueur

Tourist or pilgrim: it’s up to you

I used to live in Jerusalem. I lived there with my wife and our children in in the 1990s when I served with St. George's College as the director of their Desert Program.

About the project

The Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem have been companions in mission for many years, yet not much is known about this relationship.

Each year, numerous Canadians visit the Holy Land as pilgrims, students and tourists, yet many know little of the life and witness of Christians there—be they Palestinian, Arab Israeli, Jordanian, Lebanese or Syrian.

There is much to see, hear, experience and learn about being Anglican, being Christian in this ancient, troubled place today.

Journey to Jerusalem Sunday—a multimedia web page produced by the Anglican Journal and Anglican Video—intends to make the people and stories of Anglicans in the Holy Land come alive in word, image and sound. We hope it will contribute to a greater understanding of how the ancestors of the first indigenous Christian community—“the living stones”—are living out their faith despite continuing social, political and economic hardships.

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